Often, many of us find ourselves in motivational slumps that we need to escape. Sometimes it resembles a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a while, fall out and afterward need to build things back once more. This vicious cycle can be harmful to a person’s life, work, and relationships too.
Self-motivation can be lost due to a wide variety of reasons and factors. This could be dissatisfaction at work or a horrible boss, difficulty in personal and professional relationships, financial constraints, or health issues.
Demotivation has also become very common in youngsters too. It results from studies, inability to cope with pressure, exam stress, education loans or fear of unemployment. Motivation is gained or lost due to deeply personal issues.
There is nothing more imperative for self-motivation than the correct attitude. You can’t pick or control your situation, yet you can pick your attitude towards your circumstances.
Famous American inspirational orator and author, Dr. Stephen R. Brood once commented: “Inspiration is a fire from within. If another person attempts to light that fire under you, odds are it will burn quickly.”
How Would You Characterize Motivation?
There are two distinct kinds of motivation:
- Intrinsic Motivation which originates from within ourselves.
- Extrinsic Motivation that is derived from an outside source, for example, a companion, partners, seniors at the workplace, religious or spiritual leaders, spouse, kids, or any other source.
Basically, motivation can be depicted as a reason or cause by which an individual or a group of individuals behave in a specific way. The reason or cause must be very strong, and it often involves personal interests.
Here are a few things you need to understand to develop your Self-Motivation Plan:
Defining an objective for yourself is a tried and tested technique to stay motivated. In any case, it is necessary to set practical and attainable goals. Set yourself a deadline by which you expect to accomplish these objectives.
There are three kinds of goals:
- Short-term goals: These might be accomplished in 15 days or a few months.
- Mid-term goals: These typically take a year or two to accomplish.
- Long-term objectives: Here you can include your career, plans for marriage, purchasing a home or anything that takes a longer period of time.
“All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do. ” – Norman Vincent Peale
2. Money Matters
In any case, money does make a difference in staying motivated. While we are not talking about a very large sum of money, you should have adequate funds to lead a decent life. This is an excellent motivator. You can begin by saving a substantial part of your pay daily or monthly.
3. Get Rid of Any Loans
Without a doubt, people burdened with loans show a propensity to lose motivation. The explanation is straightforward: A substantial part of your profit will go towards clearing any debt or loans you have. Avoid taking credit, except under specific circumstances.
4. Mingle with Constructive Individuals
Mostly, people with a positive attitude and disposition are the best motivators. Despite your circumstances, they will consistently attempt to elevate your perspective. Such positive-minded individuals will inspire you regardless of whether you are feeling low and depressed. Further, if you experience negative thoughts, talk with such individuals to get a different perspective.
5. Value Yourself First
Whenever you lose inspiration, think about all the positive stuff you have done before and think about the good things you have had. Similarly, recollect all the unpleasant occasions you have experienced and how you cruised through them safely. Valuing yourself for your accomplishments is an incredible motivator.
6. Use Mistakes as Experiences
This implies gaining from your past mistakes, on the grounds that as people we are inclined to missteps because of innate imperfections or flaws in our character. Keep in mind, mistakes don’t last, and they are essential lessons for us. The vast majority of people will lose motivation when things go astray and favorable outcomes are not inevitable.
7. Inspect Your Motive
The path to motivation lies in our thought process itself. If your motives are good, motivation follows automatically. Still, be careful because the wrong motive can prompt a lack of motivation which can land even the most steady and calm individual into a major dilemma. When your motives are certain and clear, motivation comes naturally.
8. Avoid Getting Stressed
Stress can be separated into two distinct classes:
- Negative stress: This emerges out of negative actions, interacting with irritating individuals and lethargy, or continuous exposure to difficult circumstances and depression.
- Positive stress: Accrues by resolving business-related or domestic issues. Positive stress usually leaves you fulfilled and happy once the issue has been settled or after a difficult day’s worth of effort.
Worry in everyday life is impending. Remaining motivated causes you to stay driven.
Currently, this may seem like a difficult task for anybody experiencing unfavorable circumstances. However, it is beneficial to take note of each terrible circumstance that consistently passes.
Know that each unfortunate circumstance will in the end disappear. Losing motivation won’t help take care of any issue and neither will be stressing over something. You can maintain your motivation with the sheer idea that each issue is short.
“The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” – Woody Allen
10. Chart Your Path
Sadly, most people begin a journey or endeavor without much regard for the final result. Instead, you can chart your own path. Take stock about how you want to start and why. This in itself is a big motivational factor. Simultaneously, keep in mind what is the precise goal or the end where your journey should come to a full circle. Be fearless in the pursuit of your dreams and goals.
It is worth remembering that at some point or the other, we all lose motivation in our lives. It is perfectly normal and nothing to be ashamed or worried about. However, when one is feeling low or demotivated, one should try to analyze the causes of losing motivation, understanding its reasons, and finding ways to counter it.
How do you motivate yourself to push forward? Share your thoughts with us below!
How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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